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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Jul 30, 2007 12:21pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: sad sports news

i know what you mean - and that was a total shock and a great loss of talent in the NCAA coaching ranks

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Poster: dogsinapile! Date: Jul 30, 2007 12:50pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: sad sports news

Wake Forest is only a few miles from my home. I am a NC State grad, but Skip Prosser was a great guy. Always seemed to be a stand-up individual and made many appearances on the local morning radio shows. Things like this and Bill Walsh really put things in perspective.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Jul 30, 2007 12:59pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: sad sports news

WOLF PACK! My grandfather and mom went to NCSU; my mom went to Broughton in Raleigh. I went to Norm Sloan's b-ball camp as a kid and some of my fondest hoops' memories are from/in Reynolds. Indeed, I have a framed and signed poster at home of my favorite all time player scoring in the NCAA semi-finals over Bill Walton. I told Bill the same at the day after dark star Greek show. He laughed and agreed David Thompson was the best. (close second for me was Len Bias at Maryland - what a stud. And I still say James Worthy was a better player in college than MJ; MJ's pro career should not elevate his college career)

BTW, I was front row Omni in Atlanta for the start of the cardiac pack run in the 1983 ACC Tourney. Good trivia question - who were Ralph Sampson's last two college losses to? NCSU - in the ACC Finals and then Western Regional Finals. Thurl Bailey was magnificent.

Good to see the ACC lending support to the Wake folks. Big Four! (but I know we can agree on a go to hell carolina go to hell)

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Poster: dogsinapile! Date: Jul 30, 2007 1:06pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: sad sports news

Thurl Bailey was the man. Very underrated.
I was at NCSU from 85 thru 90. Got to experience the Valvano years and Reynolds. Never been to a better place for a basketball game.
I agree about James Worthy - one of the few Carolina boys I could ever pull for. I remember the 88 NBA Finals. They were going on during Summer Tour and thats all we watched in the motel trying to escape from the HEAT!
But Len Bias was the best. Saw him play at Reynolds once and I still think he is the greatest ball player I have ever seen. Too bad what happened.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Jul 30, 2007 1:11pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: sad sports news

Glad to see you concur re Bias. I saw him take a team of nobodies on his shoulder to win ACC Tourney one year. He was magnificent - man among boys. Celtics still recovering.

Nice to see Sidney Lowe returning to take over the program. He did a nice job last season (LOVED that win over UNC) and I think the wolfpack faithful should be pretty pleased with things as they develop (just give him some time...)

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Poster: dogsinapile! Date: Jul 30, 2007 1:29pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: sad sports news

I really like the hiring of Sidney Lowe. Any Valvano disciple can't be a bad thing. The UNC win was awesome. You know what they say - "Anybody but Carolina".
He did have some rough press earlier this year. His kid was arrested in a shooting over a drug deal gone bad on the UNCG campus. Sidney had to be all over the news while bailing him out. I know this doesn't really affect Sidney or his coaching, but sometimes the press can be pretty rough and Wolfpack nation has never been known for patience.
I just hope he gets the time he needs to show what he can do.

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Jul 30, 2007 12:54pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: sad sports news

so true huh

how are you doing man?? i hope things are improving and the PT is getting somewhat easier/less painful. I know it is a long haul.

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Poster: dogsinapile! Date: Jul 30, 2007 12:57pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: sad sports news

Things are going good. PT is still a pain in the ass, but I am making improvements. I can now bend my knee 88 degrees - up from 26 degrees right after surgery. The hip doesn't really hurt as much as the knee and thigh where they had to pound that damn prosthetic in. I still can't put weight on it, but that should come soon. It still hurts like a mother though:p
I am enjoying being able to listen to some good music that I haven't heard in a while. Right now I am listening to a version of Neil Young's "Pocahontas" done by Gillian Welch, David Rawlings, and Peter Rowan. Very soulful, and brings back some good memories.
"Marlon Brando, Pocahontas, and Me"

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Jul 30, 2007 1:08pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: sad sports news

i'm glad to hear things are improving. gotta say i cringed though the way you mentioned "pounding" the prosthetic in - yikes. hopefully the pain will begin to lessen soon. and damn, i sure know what it is like not to be able to walk for an extended period of time - that sucks man. you are still in my thoughts - believe me.


ive never heard that version of Pocahontas - one of my favorite Young tunes by far. sounds like it could be very cool even though i'm not very familiar with those artists other than a little bit of Rowan.

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Poster: dogsinapile! Date: Jul 30, 2007 1:13pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: sad sports news

Yeah the description of what they did to me is pretty rough. (Disclaimer: Gorey details follow, read at your own risk). Basically they cut of the top of my femur and pounded a tent-stake-like spike into it. The spike has a ball on the end that fits into the socket they inserted into my pelvis. Both are 100% steel which will never wear out. Also, they don't use any cement. The bone actually grows into the implant. It truly becomes part of me. I was bruised from my belt line all the way to below the knee. My entire upper leg was purple - a nice psychedelic shade actually. My wife took pictures to remember it, although I can't ever see a time I would want to...

Welch and Rawlings play a folk/country type of music. They are very good. This recording is from a show I saw back in 1999. They did a set, then Rowan did a solo set, and then they all played a set together. Pretty good stuff. Very trippy in that folksy, americana kind of way. The reocrding is pretty good - we were on the first row right in front of the PA and the venue had a really sweet sound.
Send me your mailing address and I'll drop you a copy in the mail (actually the wife will make the trip to the Post office). It's not like I have a lot to do right now.

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Jul 30, 2007 1:32pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: sad sports news

sweet mother of mercy - OUCH!!!!!! yeah, i dont think i'd want to be taking a gander of that photo anytime soon if i were you either. good lord. not a fun time man.


i just may take you up on your kind offer - sounds like a very interesting show and i really dont have much like that at all in my collection. however, i would like to return the favor - not sure what you might want in return - whether GD related or something different. I'll email you after I get home from work - got your email addy there. Thanks man :)